Wednesday, June 30, 2010

0510: The Painted Hills

MST3k, Experiment #0510

Body Care and Grooming. Who'd have thought that college students might smell bad and require a short explaining why bathing and good personal hygiene are things to consider.

The Painted Hills.

A Lassie movie. After years of prospecting, Jonathan finally strikes gold. He returns to town only to discover that his partner has since died and left Tommy fatherless. He decides to leave Shep (played by Lassie) with Tommy to cheer him up. Meanwhile, Jonathan's new partner, Lin, isn't interested in sharing the gold, and lures Jonathan to his death. Lassie immediately deduces what's happened, so Lin poisons Lassie. Lassie barely pulls through and pursues Lin to a climactic confrontation where, due to an off-screen accident with some liquid nitrogen, Lin's gun jams.

Bad sign: I don't tend to remember this episode.
Good sign: I want to remember this episode.

I don't know why this one slips my mind so much; it's great! I wrote down about twelve(12) differen't "favourite lines" from the movie alone, and a few from the short. Unfortunately, I promised myself I'd only ever post one(1), unless there was only two(2) and no more. So I had a hard time narrowing it down.

The movie is actually rather entertaining on its own, and is a pretty decent movie, really reminding me of old Disney live-action films. Of course, this is no surprise, considering it's a Lassie film. I really hope that won't keep this from getting an official DVD release soon. I'm actucally kind of curious as to how they ended up picking this one. The episode guide might tell me something, but I'm not at home right now so that will have to wait. It just seems an odd choice. It's a family western... They've done some westerns (ie the next episode), but they're all by directors like Roger Corman and such. Nothing actually good.

Aside from the riffs being great and the movie itself being quite good, the segments are all pretty funny, but the stand-out for me was the essays. Each of the bots wrote an essay about a famous historical figure who looks like an old prospector from the movie, and Crow's is on Rutherford B. Hayes, the 19th President of the U.S. As always, it's incredibly inaccurate and very, very funny. My favourite line from the segment is "Thomas Edison invented the pornograph, starting the age of pornography..."

While not the greatest episode ever, it's definitely not one to be overlooked, as I had apparently done. I expect to watch this one many more times.

Favourite line: "I'm gonna teach your the meaning of Arf!"

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